Before I present the topic of this post I will first say that I will not be engaging in further discussion on the issue and will not present my personal opinions on it. I do this because it seems that I've already upset people here with my personal views and do not wish to further upset anyone. I am, however, unfortunately cursed with extreme curiosity and an insatiable desire to ask contentious questions. I find the results enlightening and informative and so I have a genuine interest in the responses. Now to the topic. I was just on another forum and saw a YouTube trailer of a movie that has gained almost cult-status through internet exposure. It raised a question that I often ponder the merits of both for and against. I won't post the link to the video because it will probably violate the code of conduct here because of its extreme content. The trailer in question is of a movie called, "God Bless America." This trailer reminded me of comedians such as George Carlin, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor and even Mel Brooks. They all tended towards a 'shocking' level of gratuity, violence, or farce in their comedy. Carlin in particular is known for his jokes about swear words and rape. This once again made me wonder if the subject matter of one's writing and the content that is expressed is of any consequence. Is it all just fiction and therefore fair game or is there some level of moral responsibility towards the reader to self-govern and edit ones material in accordance with social mores? The reason I post this query here is because I'm particularly interested in the response from writers. I've posted this same question on other forums over the years but they were for other interests and hobbies so my reasoning for posting it here is to get a response specifically from writers as it pertains to their, and others, writing.